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Los Encinos Fire burns 4 homes, threatens 122 more

Posted at 8:11 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 16:08:00-04

Five homes have been destroyed and evacuations are being issued in Sonoita for a "rapidly-spreading" wildfire, according to a Facebook post from Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. 

The fire is more than 1,300 acres with no containment. The blaze is threatening 122 homes, all of which have lost power. Between 60 and 80 firefighters are at the fire line. A firefighter was hospitalized with a broken ankle Tuesday night.

There will be a 1 p.m. briefing Wednesday at Sonoita Bible Church, 3174 AZ-83.

Donations of Bermuda hay, alfalfa hay, buckets, lead ropes, hoses, fly masks and horse feed are being accepted around the clock at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to care for displaced horses.

The sheriff's office says evacuation notices are being issued for homes on Boyd Road, Toledo Road, Apache Trail, Holbrook Drive, Terry Road, and all adjacent streets.

The Sonoita-Elgin Fire District chief has signed a declaration of emergency and asked the state for additional resources.

The goal is to allow evacuees back into their homes Wednesday.

Evacuees can go to the Sonoita Fairgrounds or the Harvest Church at 3107 Highway 83.